Recycling programme for used carbide tools wins Sandvik’s Sigrid Göransson sustainability award

April 30, 2024

Left to right: Eva Kyriakopoulou, Sigrid Surkamp, Maria Alexandersson, Antonia Dåderman and Malvina Roci accepting the Sigrid Göransson sustainability award (Courtesy Sandvik)
Left to right: Eva Kyriakopoulou, Sigrid Surkamp, Maria Alexandersson, Antonia Dåderman and Malvina Roci accepting the Sigrid Göransson sustainability award (Courtesy Sandvik)

At Sandvik’s Annual General Meeting, this year’s ‘Sandvik Sustainability Award in Memory of Sigrid Göransson’ was presented to a team from Sandvik Machining Solutions. The winners have developed a digitalised tool recycling programme for customers that is said to have substantially reduced waste.

By working closely with customers, the team further developed the long-established buy-back programmes to retrieve used carbide tools and recycle them into new products.

Aiming to retrieve over 90% of sold carbide volumes, the team developed a digitalised solution offering several benefits. Through a self-service portal, the recycling process has been simplified and allows customers to see how much the sale has contributed to CO2 reductions and how much material it has sent. It has also increased traceability for Sandvik.

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Maria Alexandersson, Customer Recycling Program Manager, stated, “We developed a self-service portal where the customer with a few clicks gets the weight and price. We come and get the material and then ship it to Wolfram in Austria where they recycle the material.”

The advantages are numerous. The entire process is much simpler for the customer and the process is faster.

The Sandvik Sustainability Award in Memory of Sigrid Göransson was presented to Eva Kyriakopoulou, Sigrid Surkamp, Maria Alexandersson, Antonia Dåderman and Malvina Roci by Stefan Widing, president and CEO. Antonia Dåderman participated in the award ceremony on behalf of Jill Glynn who was unable to attend. Kathrin Lampel was also not able to attend.

The Sandvik Sustainability award in the memory of Sigrid Göransson

Sigrid Göransson was the granddaughter of Göran Fredrik Göransson, founder of Sandvik and daughter of Anders Henrik Göransson, CEO of Sandvik. Sigrid worked to make the company focus on social responsibility and improved working conditions at a time when that was rare.

In the name of Sigrid Göransson, Sandvik has launched an annual sustainability award to celebrate the best innovations within the company. It is an internal award praising the company’s heritage of sustainability and community involvement. The prize goes to a solution that has had a measurable and lasting impact on environmental, economic or social sustainability at Sandvik or in local communities.

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